Can you tell that fall is on the way? The heat wave of summer finally seems to have broken. There’s just the tiniest chill in the air to let you know that the seasons will soon be changing. That means it’s a great time to check things around your home and make sure they’re ready for colder weather. Your windows are a good place to start. At the very least, you’ll want to make sure they’re in good shape before winter comes. But now’s also a good time to consider buying replacement windows.

Check for Leaks

During the winter, can you feel cold air coming in around your windows? Drafty windows are a common problem—and an expensive one, too. In fact, windows that aren’t properly sealed are one of the major causes of wasted energy during cold weather months. Your heating system has to work harder to keep your home warm, putting a strain on the equipment and causing your energy bills to rise.

Fortunately, there are solutions for fixing leaky windows. The first step is to check for rotting wood. If any window frames are damaged, replace the wood to guarantee a proper fit. Then add weatherstripping and caulk wherever it’s needed. This will create a tight seal that keeps warm air in your home and cold air out.

And there’s an added bonus: Closing these spaces will not only reduce or eliminate the cold air that’s coming in your home. It will also keep out unwanted pests who are looking for warmth during the winter.

Consider Replacement Windows

While repairing leaking windows is a worthwhile option for the short term, it can be a temporary fix. This is especially true if you live in an older home that still has its original windows. If you’re looking to improve your energy efficiency for years to come or increase your home’s resale value, you may want to consider installing replacement windows.

There are a wide variety of high quality replacement windows on the market today. They’re available for every room in your home, including the basement. They also coordinate with any type of building materials, from vinyl siding to brick homes.

If you can afford to upgrade your windows now, you’ll start saving money on your energy bills as soon as the weather turns cold. Champion Services uses the best replacement windows available so you’ll get the function and energy efficiency you need with the look you want. Our selection of energy efficient replacement windows includes those with the ENERGY STAR designation. Purchasing these products may be qualify you for a federal tax credit.

Contact Champion Services today for a free quote and estimate on replacement windows or window repairs. Before we start the job, we’ll come to your home to measure for your replacement windows. You’ll get the best product and the best installation available in the Rock Hill, Lancaster, Fort Mill, Chester, and Lake Wylie areas.